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August 11, 2017 | Football

Bradley James Santos (left) and coach Mike Harrington.

Top Quebec kicker is Stingers' first 2018 commit

The Concordia football program is pleased to announce kicker/punter Bradley James Santos from les Phénix du Collège André-Grasset is the first commit to the Stingers’ 2018 recruiting class.

Santos played high school football at Collège Letendre in Laval, Que. before joining André-Grasset in 2015. At the Cégep level, he has enjoyed a lot of success with his team and as an individual.

In 2016 the Phénix finished with a 7-2 win-loss record and made it to the league championship. Santos averaged 40.6 yards punting (2nd best in the RSEQ division 1 ranks) and 59.3 yards on kickoffs (1st in the conference).

“He has a very strong leg,” said Concordia special teams co-ordinator Mike Harrington. “We were watching highlight film on him, and he kept putting them through the end zone on kickoffs. We knew he had to have him.

“In my opinion Bradley will be the best kicker at the Cégep level this season.”

Concordia has a long history of developing kickers and punters many of which have gone on to successful CFL careers, including Rene Paredes, a perennial all-star with the Calgary Stampeders.

Santos will get to work with Gerry McGrath, the former Stinger head coach who still helps the Concordia kickers and punters, as well as many other top talent in Quebec.

“Bradley is an exceptional prospect for us,” said Harrington. “He is a good person from a good program, and talent-wise he has a very high ceiling, especially once he works with Gerry McGrath.”

Santos, a Laval, Que. native who checks in at five foot 11 and 210 pounds, is excited about his decision.

“The Concordia program is the closest to my heart,” said Santos. “It’s the best fit for me. It’s a family.”

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